IAFOR Documentary Photography Award winners

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award, which seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists.

Over 150 photographers from more than 30 different countries submitted photo essays and portfolios for consideration for this year’s award. The award follows the theme of the conference: “Power”. The award was judged by a panel of leading industry professionals, including Paul Lowe, Simon Norfolk, and Emma Bowkett.

The grand prize winner is Hosam Katan, a 21-year-old from Syria, with a project entitled "Syria" documenting the daily struggles of people from his home country.

Simon Norfolk commented:
"Hosam's work stood out for me for its fierce, go-where-no-one-else-can-go bravery. I admire what he's done but also that he was requesting funding to keep doing what he does and not go off globe-trotting. A crucial story and it's not often that you can say without hyperbole that if he doesn't record it, it will not get recorded."

The grand prize includes a £1,000 cash award, mentorship sessions from an experienced industry professional, free tuition to a MediaStorm Multimedia One-day Workshop, Exhibitions in the UK and Japan, and an invitation to an IAFOR conference in Asia, Europe or North America. In addition, Hosam will automatically be added to the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass nominee list.

Congratulations also to Yasmin Balai (Second Place), Romain Champalaune (Third Place), Olga Ingurazova (Commended Entry) and Liton Masud Alam (Commended Entry). See the rest of the winners at the IAFOR website.

Posted July 24 2015

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We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award and our mission has expanded. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning.

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